Production and Funding

Production Company

Media for Development International - Tanzania


Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs (JHUCCP), and
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Cast and Crew


Jordan Riber


John and Louise Riber


Owen Prum

1st Assistant Director

Ezequiel Odhiambo

2nd Assistant Director

Tito Mwaipopo


John Riber
Jordan riber
Andrew Whaley
Ali Mbwana


Jordan Riber and Louise Riber

Sound and Music

Julian Gordon Hastings

Principal Cast

Juma: Hussein Mkiety
Amina: Jokate Mwegelo
Ali: Jafari Makati
Yustus: Yusuph Milela

Director's Biography

'Chumo' director Jordan Riber grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe, the son of seasoned filmmakers John and Louise Riber. Growing up around film sets and postproduction facilities, he got his first concrete experience as a sounds engineer in the MFDI studios in Harare.

Five years ago, Jordan relocated to Tanzania and became more involved in producing and directing for film and radio. He now lives in Dar es Salaam, a young filmmaker with a bright future. What is important to him at this point is to grow as a filmmaker, as well as contributing to the growth of other young filmmakers like himself in Tanzania. 'Chumo' is his first dramatic film.


Juma is a poor fisherman who loves telling tales. Amina is the girl who loves to hear his stories. They long to be together, but Amina's father, Ali, wants a better life for her. Ali finds this in yustus, a rich but self-serving young suitor.

Juma must put everything on the line to save their love, but he must sacrifice more than he bargained for in order to succeed.

Produced in and around Dar es Salaam by Media for Development International (Tanzania) and funded by Johns Hopkins University in association with USAID, Chumo communicates around malaria prevention through the dramatic story of star-crossed lovers.